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Rev. Peter Baccardax

Age 92, of Tracadie, formerly of Pomquet passed away suddenly on August 23, 2021 in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish.

Born in Poirierville, Richmond County he was the son of the late Alex and Jeanne (Boudreau) Baccardax.

Father Peter received his early education in Richmond County and then went on to St. Anne’s University and Grande Seminaire in Montreal.

He was ordained on June 4, 1955 and served the Diocese of Antigonish at St. Agnes in New Waterford, (1955-1956) and as a teacher at St. Francis Xavier University, teaching French Latin and Theology (1957). He was appointed Parish Priest of Ste. Croix Church in Pomquet in 1957 and served the people of that parish until his retirement from the Priesthood in 2014. Throughout those years he ministered to, baptized, married, and buried three generations. Father Peter was a man of the people, working beside his parishioners daily, growing vegetables, fishing, cutting firewood, plowing the snow and so much more. He was not afraid to pitch in and get his hands dirty. One of his greatest passions was driving his motorcycle and had several Goldwings over the years. He was grateful to God for his second chances, the good health he enjoyed, the wonderful people he served, and the care he received from Rose Ann and her family in his last years.

Survived by one sister, Estelle Bonna-Baccardax, Poirierville; many nieces and nephews, all of whom loved their Uncle Fr. Peter; his extended family, Rose Ann Septon and her family, Stephen Richards, P.J. (Kendra) Richards; Marian (Gerard) Bennett; Melanie Richards who had a special place in his heart and all Rose Ann’s grandchildren. He was known as “Papa” to them all. He also leaves behind many good friends, especially his AA family.

He was predeceased by brothers: Alfred, Tobie, Paul; sister, Therese and two sisters in infancy.

Funeral Mass in Ste. Croix Church, Pomquet.

Burial in Ste. Croix Cemetery.